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What is healthy skin?

Patients often ask their facial plastic surgeon for skin care advice to get healthy skin. Facial plastic surgeons have an added perspective as they treat all the tissues of the face, eyes, and neck and perform both surgical and nonsurgical treatments to help one look their best. Healthy skin has various qualities. It’s not just youthful per se. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons consider healthy skin as smooth, even color, firm, hydrated, protective, full, and free of imperfections. Treatments to achieve healthy skin can be divided into preventative, therapeutic, and maintenance with treatments overlapping in purpose. For example, daily sunblock achieves all … Continue reading »

How Plastic Surgeons and Dermatologists Enjoy the Sun

Summer is a time to be outside and enjoy the sun. However, sunlight is the main reason many develop skin cancer and wrinkles. Patients with fair or sensitive skin are even more at risk to the sun’s rays. But how do plastic surgeons and dermatologists manage sun exposure in the summer while minimizing risks such as skin cancer and facial wrinkles? No one wants to be a hermit. Keep in mind that skin damage is due to the UVA and UVB radiation from the sun. The negative effect accumulates gradually so that we may not realize how much damage has occurred. Sun burns are extreme … Continue reading »

Chemical peel for rejuvenated skin

Skin care can be thought of as the foundation to many other cosmetic treatments for facial youth and beauty. We’ve discussed basic skin care in a previous blog post, including topical ointments such as tretinoin. Once you’ve done all the basics, what is the next step for improve skin tone and smoothness? Other than wrinkle relaxers (ex. Botox®, Dysport®) and facial fillers (ex. Juvederm®, Restylane®, etc), it’s skin resurfacing! What is skin resurfacing? Skin resurfacing removes the top layers of skin to promote newer, fresher, and younger appearing skin. By exfoliating the skin, resurfacing can help improve skin surface irregularities, either from wrinkles … Continue reading »

Chemical Peel: When Can I Excercise?

Each resurfacing procedure and individual patient vary, so there isn’t a single answer. Most resurfacing procedures (laser, CO2, chemical peel) may be superficial to medium depth in the skin. Deeper resurfacing is less commonly used. Depending on the actual depth of peel, healing may be anywhere from a couple days to a week or more. Regardless, I tell all patients who have a superficial peel to avoid anything that raises blood pressure or pulse for 1 week, and medium depth peels 2 weeks at minimum. This activity restriction includes aerobics, yoga, exercise, heavy lifting, and sex. Sweating and body heat … Continue reading »

Chemical Peel: Does uneven healing suggest uneven results?

No. But keep a close eye on your skin. Uneven redness and healing is not uncommon after chemical peels. Different areas of the face and neck heal at varying rates, largely based on the thickness of the skin. Thicker skin of the nose or forehead may recovery much faster than the thin skin of the lower eyelids. In addition, different areas of the face & neck area have received different degrees of sun damage. Areas of more sun damage will appear more red and irritated during the recovery period following a peel. Although uneven application of a chemical peel might … Continue reading »

    Houtan Chaboki, M.D.